HPI Certification Program

Design Thinking Coach


  • Acquire the skills, methods, and tools to effectively navigate teams through the innovation process.
  • Learn how to recognize the potential of innovation teams and how to activate them by going through versatile practical experiences.
  • Acquire the skills, methods, and tools to effectively navigate teams through the innovation process.
  • Discover your own coaching style and train at the same time an always flexible (re)acting.
  • Get to grips with the conception and implementation of different design thinking formats and learn a wide range of design options based on real projects.

Key Facts


21 workshop days

8 modules

Workshop language

Bilingual (German/English)

The general program language is English, so are the presentations and materials.


HPI Academy, Potsdam & Online


15,750 EUR (plus VAT, early bird price until 31.01.2024)

More information

With a minimum of ten participants, we also offer an in-house training program for Design Thinking coaches.

More info here

Syllabus Design Thinking Coach

Program Overview

Block 1: Basics

Module 1: DT Mindset & Process (3 Days, on site).
This workshop gives participants the opportunity to expand their understanding of Design Thinking, from a practitioner and coach perspective. There is an in-depth examination of the two core elements of design thinking: the mindset and the process. Both aspects will be examined more closely in an interplay of inputs, versatile exercises and subsequent reflection, and brought into line with the respective prior understandings. With a view to the transition to the second module, the focus of reflection is always on the coach perspective.

Module 2: Team Coaching & Facilitation (3 Days, on site)
Different emphases are placed on the essential components of team coaching. Thus, at the beginning, the focus is on procedural support, while the second half of the workshop focuses on recognizing and dealing with different team dynamics. Throughout the training, our experienced HPI Academy coaches provide continuous, intensive support and personal feedback to all participants.

Block 2: Practice

Block 3: Application


  • Certificate from the renowned Hasso Plattner Institute.
  • Modular structure for different needs/goals and structure of lifelong learning: participation in varied masterclasses and exchange formats (e.g. at the virtual festival) even after completion of the certification program (from “DT Team Facilitator”).
  • Experience-based learning as a didactic model and a particularly high practical component with versatile trial and error opportunities.
  • Close supervision by one Design Thinking Coach per team (max. five people) in our trainings.
  • Continuous individual feedback from experienced Design Thinking Coaches.
  • Provision of a detailed coaching manual and a comprehensive digital set of method cards. Here is an excerpt from our manual.
  • Unique combination of teaching and research on the HPI campus & admission to the large HPI alumni network of Design Thinking Coaches.

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Your Coaches

Samuel Tschepe

Samuel Tschepe

Head of Design Thinking Coach Certification

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Madini Liebscher

Madini Liebscher

Program Lead Certification Program

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Clara Wieker

Clara Wieker

Program Lead Certification Program

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Worthwhile experiential learning journey

If you want to learn how to teach design thinking, this program should be at the top of your list. The HPI team has put together an unmatched curriculum that is action-oriented. The program is an intensive and extremely rewarding experiential learning journey. I had one "aha moment" after another! The program is taught by an incredibly diverse pool of talented practitioners who bring new theoretical perspectives and creative ways to apply methods in practice. Thank you to the HPI team for always going the extra step to help me achieve my Goals!

Stefanie Hammer

Hammer communication

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

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Design Thinking Coach

Potsdam Bilingual: German and English 17500 €
plus VAT